Shoutweb reports: Incubus debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart with their latest, A Crow Left Of The Murder. Incubus moved over 331k copies in their first week of release. Lostprophets also had an impressive bow, debuting at #33 with their sophomore effort, Start Something, shifting north of 35k.
Other Shoutweb bands doing well on the Top 200 include Evanescence (#7), Linkin Park (#31), The Darkness (#43), Korn (#66), Hoobastank (#75), Story Of The Year (#93), Trapt (#110), Three Days Grace (#115), A.F.I. (#128), Finger Eleven (#147) and A Perfect Circle (#154). - Click Here for the Full Story
Eagles of Death Metal
The PRP reports: The Eagles Of Death Metal's forthcoming debut album "Peace, Love And Death Metal" has now been slated for a March 23rd release date. In related news, the band recently shot a video for their track "Speaking In Tongues" which should begin airing shortly.- Click Here for the Full Story
NME reports: The story of BOB DYLAN's life is to be made into a film.
Paramount Pictures are working with the co-operation of the singer on a biographical film, Reuters reports.
The project, which is in the early stages, has been given a working title of ‘I'm Not There: Suppositions On A Film Concerning Dylan'. - Click Here for the Full Story
MuchMusic reports: The nominations were announced today for the 33rd annual Juno Awards. And the ladies are leading the pack. Nelly Furtado and Sarah McLachlan top the list of Juno nominations with five each. Scooping up four noms each are Nickelback and Celine Dion. Our Lady Peace, Billy Talent and Sam Roberts and up for three awards apiece. Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies and Lillix are among the acts up for two awards. BrassMunk, Choclair, IRS, Mr. Roam and Sweatshop Union are all nominated in the Rap Recording of the Year category, and Danko Jones and Sum 41 are up for Best Rock Album honours. Alternative Album nominations are Buck 65, Joel Plaskett, The Constantines and The Weakerthans. The awards take place in Edmonton on April 4th.- Click Here for the Full Story
In case you didn't know, The Juno Awards are basically the Canadian Grammys. Much Music has the full list of noms.
Warrant For Courtney
Digital Noise reports: A judge has issued a bench warrant for Courtney Love after she failed to show up for her hearing on felony drug possession charges.
Love's attorney said that Love was a no-show because of "security concerns" but gave no further explanation.
Superior Court Judge Elden Fox agreed to hold his arrest order until next Tuesday to give Love time to comply.
Love was charged in October with possession of the prescription painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone in connection with a "medical emergency" that landed her in a hospital. - Click Here for the Full Story
Digital Noise reports: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Marilyn Manson are set to appear on Garbage's upcoming album.
Grohl, who has a long history with Garbage drummer Butch Vig, who produced Nirvana's 1991 breakthrough, "Nevermind", contributed drums to the track titled "Bad Boyfriend". - Click Here for the Full Story
Check out the full story link to read comments from Shirley Manson
Aversion reports: The Edge lent his six-string abilities to Warner Bros. for the new Batman theme song.
The track will be the theme music for the latest series of Batman television shows, due out later this year. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR are "90% confirmed" for the main stage at Ozzfest 2004, an informed source has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST and SLAYER are also said to be in talks to play the main stage at the annual traveling festival, which will once again be headlined by OZZY OSBOURNE. Meanwhile, SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED are said to be "all but confirmed" to co-headline Ozzfest 2004's second stage. An official announcement regarding the exact lineup for the festival is expected to be made at a press conference on Thursday, February 19. - Click Here for the Full Story
But what about Vanilla Ice's new rock band? Why hasn't Sharon booked them yet?
Blabbermouth reports: British "black metal" pioneers VENOM have commenced work on the follow-up to 2000's "Resurrection", according to a post at the VENOM fan site Site Of The Hydra. "Cronos and Antton have arisen from Darkest Hell, and are due to start rehearsals and record new demos, etc, in the coming weeks. As ye freaks will know, this album would have been released two years ago but for Cronos being injured during a climbing accident during February 2002. So apart from the terrific news of a new album, this also confirms that Cronos has almost recovered from his injuries, and is raring to go!! This enforced layoff has left Cronos and VENOM tearing at the leash to return, and give all us Legions the next installment of 21st Century Black f***in' Metal!!" - Click Here for the Full Story
Tyler Gets Shorty
BW&BK reports: Steven Tyler, vocalist for AEROSMITH, "is going to play himself in the sequel to Get Shorty. Be Cool, directed by F. Gary Gray, stars Harvey Keitel, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Danny DeVito, The Rock, Vince Vaughn, James Gandolfini, Cedric the Entertainer and Christina Milian.
Be Cool is written by Elmore Leonard and set in the record industry. You may recall Get Shorty was a spoof of the film business. Tyler will likely be joined by a few other real rock stars in cameos."- Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: According to MOTORHEAD's official website (www.imotorhead.com), frontman LEMMY's autobiography, White Line Fever, has finally been released in the US.
In related news, Motorhead have assembled in Los Angeles to write/record their latest studio offering. The album is shaping up well and a June release date is anticipated.
The band is also scheduled to go into the studio this week with Bob Kulick to record a track for an upcoming METALLICA tribute album. The band will be recording ‘Whiplash' for inclusion on the collection.
As previously reported, Lemmy's solo album is expected to be released sometime in 2004 or 2005. - Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: The next Headbanger's Ball tour will feature Hatebreed, Damageplan, and Drowning Pool. The tour will begin sometime in March, dates and venues will be announced soon.- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: On top of the recent AVENGED SEVENFOLD arrests this past Monday, LOSTPROPHETS singer Ian Watkins is suffering from cracked ribs, an injury which he sustained during the bands show last week in New York. Ironically, the injury didn't present a problem until their recent show in London where it was becoming more of a problem to breath and jump around. - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: In a recent Metal Hammer article, CONVERGE recently hit out at AVENGED SEVENFOLD by saying they would love to 'beat them up' because they "wear make up and don't go by their real names". Uber frontman "M. Shadows" caught wind of this and replied with..
"There are a few reasons why we don't go by our 'real names', and one of them is to piss off hardcore kids! They hate that s***, and I think it's great when they get really upset and talk s*** about us because it really, really bothers them!"- Click Here for the Full Story
That's this week's silly rock spat.
Billboard reports: The release of Alanis Morissette's new album, "So-Called Chaos," has been bumped to May 18 from April 13 to accommodate "changes in the worldwide marketing plan for the album," according to a spokesperson.
First single "Everything" will be serviced March 23 to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration. - Click Here for the Full Story
Slayer, Priest & Slipknot
Billboard reports: Slayer, Judas Priest (reunited with vocalist Rob Halford) and Slipknot will join Ozzy Osbourne as the mainstage acts on this year's Ozzfest, set to begin in early July, Billboard.com has learned. Details of the tour will be announced next Thursday in Los Angeles. - Click Here for the Full Story
Congressional Breast Hearings
AP reports: A House panel looking into indecency on the airwaves was hearing Wednesday from National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Mel Karmazin, president of Viacom Inc. — owner of both CBS, which aired Janet Jackson's breast-baring Super Bowl halftime show, and MTV, which produced the show.
All five members of the Federal Communications Commission also were expected to testify before the House Energy and Commerce telecommunications subcommittee and at a separate hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee.
The Super Bowl incident occurred at a time when lawmakers are pressing the FCC to crack down on indecent programming. The agency has received more than 200,000 complaints about the halftime show, which ended with singer Justin Timberlake tearing off part of Jackson's top and exposing her right breast to millions of TV viewers.
Bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress that would increase the fines that the commission may levy for indecency from $27,500 to $275,000. The commissioners have discussed fining broadcasters for each prohibited utterance rather than for each program. - Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: Cable television giant Comcast Corp. made a surprise bid for The Walt Disney Co. that would create the world's biggest media conglomerate and likely spell an end to the 20-year career of Disney chief Michael Eisner.- Click Here for the Full Story
Guilty Pot Art
AP reports: Art Garfunkel pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in upstate New York and paid $200 in fines.
The singer's attorney was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday but instead entered a guilty plea Feb. 4, the Daily Freeman of Kingston reported.
Garfunkel paid a $100 fine and $100 in costs, court officials said Wednesday.
Garfunkel, 62, of Manhattan, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after state police stopped his limousine for speeding Jan. 17 in Hurley, 55 miles southwest of Albany. - Click Here for the Full Story
Juliana Theory Epic Departure
I Ate Your Microphone reports: The Juliana Theory have been released from their contract with Epic Records. They are now seeking a new home for their forthcoming new record, which they have been spending time writing of late.- Click Here for the Full Story
Ken Phillips Publicity (press release) reports: San Diego rock group Switchfoot continues to dominate Billboard's Modern Rock Top 10 with their breakthrough single "Meant To Live." "Meant To Live" has been on Billboard's Modern Rock & Alternative charts for over 28 weeks and is now crossing over to Top 40 with an impressive debut at #36 this week, including airplay on the nations #1 station, Z100 in New York. The video for the song can currently be seen on MTV, MTV2, Fuse and Canada's Much Music Channels, and was directed by Laurent Briet, who helmed the lens for Radiohead's "Like Spinning Plates."
Before kicking off their spring tour in Anaheim, CA on March 15, Switchfoot will perform their newest single "Dare You To Move" live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday, March 12 and On Air with Ryan Seacrest Tuesday, March 16. The tour is scheduled to run through May 30. - Click Here for the Full Story
Oliveri Leaves QOTSA
VH1 reports: Queens of the Stone Age have always had a revolving door of members, but at the heart of the band was always the partnership of singer/guitarist Josh Homme and bassist Nick Oliveri. Not anymore.
At a time when the band's lineup seemed more stable than it had been in years, Oliveri has unexpectedly left the band, breaking off a musical relationship with Homme that goes back to their days playing together in Kyuss in the early '90s.
"A number of incidents occurring over the last 18 months have led to the decision that the two can no longer maintain a working partnership in the band," read a terse statement from the band's management. On Queens of the Stone Age's Web site, Screaming Trees member Van Conner is now listed as the group's bassist.- Click Here for the Full Story
It's been confirmed. Click the full story link for the full story.
Halen Tesla Denial
Melodic Rock reports: A little more Van Halen, but not much - just a follow up on a previous note. Radio DJ Eddie Trunk last week had a live call in with Tesla lead singer Jeff Keith. It seems Jeff explained that the rumours of a Summer 2004 tour with Van Halen are just that, rumours, and the band knows nothing about it.
It seems the guys have been told to do some damage control. Nice attempt to put out the flames guys, but the fact remains that Tesla were offered a support slot and have already gone on record about it during various interviews over the last month or so, not to mention singer Jeff Keith also telling me personally about the offer and the band's thought's on it only a few weeks back. - Click Here for the Full Story
Butch Walker Resigns
Melodic Rock reports: Butch Walker has signed a new record label deal and moves to yet another major label home! Butch will be releasing a live CD and DVD first, with his long awaited studio album later - all through his own indie imprint off Epic Records. Maybe this time he will get promoted properly and the world outside this scene will get to hear more of him. - Click Here for the Full Story
Less Tweeny Cash
Reuters reports: Music sales to teens between the ages of 13 and 17 declined last year by 15 percent, due in part to increased online file-sharing and competition from other entertainment, research group NPD said on Tuesday. The age group usually accounts for about 15 percent of music sales in dollars, according to Port Washington, New York-based NPD, which found that video games software unit sales to the same age group rose 12 percent in 2003 as music sales were falling. - Click Here for the Full Story
It's the file sharing! Wait maybe it's the fact that you had less teenybopper friendly music out in 2003. Timberlake aside, you didn't have 3 or 4 multiplatinum boybands.
AP reports: Not long ago, movie and music lovers crowded the aisles of video rental shops like Blockbuster and CD stores like Tower Records.
Now, however, you won't find the likes of Martin Sherman in stores like Blockbuster.
A computer instructor in Las Vegas, Sherman switched to an online DVD service, Netflix, two months ago. His days of combing the shelves for a copy of a hot movie, or queuing up for a cashier, are over.
"I didn't like the hassle of going to the store and waiting in a long line," Sherman said. "A lot of time, they were out of stock."
Blockbuster's fortunes have been spiraling for some time, and it took its latest hit Tuesday when Viacom Inc., the media conglomerate that owns MTV and CBS, announced Tuesday it is getting rid of its controlling stake in Blockbuster because of declining business. It even decided to take a $1.3 billion write-off.
For its part Tower Records, long in trouble, tumbled into Chapter 11 on Monday. - Click Here for the Full Story